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On a trip to Columbus, Mississippi a couple of weeks ago I bought a pair of old steel wagon wheels from a cool little shop called Quirky Antiques. I wanted to put them at the end of the driveway, and while Travis was here the other day helping me with the tractor, we decided to get them put in place.

Since the ground here is composed of a lot of clay, it can be pretty hard to dig into and I wasn’t sure how hard the job was going to be. But I should have known our son would make it look easy.

Using a steel pickaxe, he was able to break up the ground without much problem. It helped that it was at the end of the driveway and a lot of it was a mixture of soil and gravel. Watching him dig into it, Terry said he probably regrets us moving here because we’ve always got something for him to work on when he comes around. But Travis just shook his head and told her that he enjoys it. Lord knows we sure appreciate everything he does for us.

Once there were deep enough trenchs to put the wheels into, we went to the back of the property where we got the dirt we used for the shooting backstop and filled the back of the Kawasaki Mule. Then it was a pretty simple case of setting the wheels down into the trenches and burying the bottoms of them. I think they look pretty cool. Thanks again, Travis.

Poor Terry has been stressed getting everything ready for her parents’ visit. They are flying in today from Arizona and will be here for a week and she wants everything to be perfect for them. Our daughter Tiffany and I keep reminding her to breathe.

Traveling is nothing new for my in-laws. Terry’s dad is a career Air Force veteran who was a flight line chief on B-52 bombers and even flew with hurricane hunters a time or two, and her mother brought their three daughters along to his different duty stations from Maine to Florida to Puerto Rico to Arizona. But they were a bit younger back then. Now her father is 93 and her mother is 91, so we have been concerned about them making the trip. It will be good to see them get off the airplane in Birmingham this afternoon.

Of course, as fate would have it, they are arriving on the coldest day we have seen since we have been here. Last night’s temperatures were down into the low 30s and the high today is only supposed to be in the low 50s. Tomorrow will be another cold day, and then things are supposed to start warming back up a bit.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  3 Responses to “These Wheels Won’t Roll No More”

  1. None of my business, but does Travis have a day job?

  2. The wagon wheels at the end of your driveway look really cool. One minor suggestion: grab a couple of round reflectors (like on your bicycle) and mount them in the center circle of said wheels .

  3. Nice
    Did you consider having them sand blasted and Powder Coated Black or White or any color to preserve them longer?

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